All images copyright © by Artist Dempsey Essick. All rights reserved
Vineyards are cropping up in the Yadkin River valley of
North Carolina where tobacco used to grow. Old tobacco curing sheds are
giving way to wineries and, in places, the landscape reminds one of scenes
along the Rhine or the Moselle river valleys in Europe. Farmers hanging
around the feed store nowadays are as apt to be discussing the current
vintage as they are blue mold on tobacco.
"Vineyard Rendezvous" reflects the skill and devotion
to his craft that we have come to expect of Dempsey Essick. In this painting
each small bunch of grapes is perfect. Each leaf is painstakingly depicted.
Each shadow and spot of light are exact. The painting could be cut in
half, and each half could stand alone as a creditable painting.